• How We Work

    Photo: Bukomansimbi Organic Tree Farmers Association planting palm trees

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    Giving back to grow more

    At the core of our products is nature. Because of this, we are partnering with Bukomansimbi Organic Tree Farmers Association to support their efforts to secure raw material resources and train new generations in traditional textiles.

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    We support talented craftswomen

    Through partners in Uganda, we work directly with craftspeople to produce contemporary designs with plaited palm leaf, bark cloth. and woven natural fibers.

    3

    Each product is finished in Uganda

     We partner with tailors, dyers, and designers at the Kampala School for the Physically Handicapped Vocational Program to create our finished products.

    4

    We bring it to you

    By transforming these beautiful textiles into pieces for your home and yourself, we are able to share these beautiful materials, processes, and culture with you.

  • Tree to Textile

    Our textiles start with indigenous trees - the palm (plaited mat) and mutuba (bark cloth). Through expert weavers and makers, the leaves and bark are transformed into supple cloth. Enjoy our videos below - it's our way of bringing this process closer to you!

  • Sample Sale

    Our sample sale offers our products at discounted rates for a limited time.

    Each piece is made by hand through the expertise of our mat makers, bark cloth makers, and our partnership with the expert tailors at the Kampala School for the Physically Handicapped.

    *Samples of the plaited mat are available for $5.

  • Our Products

     
    You can PRE-ORDER any of the designs below. To shop what is currently available, click here.
    Each piece in our collection is made through a network of weavers, tailors, and dyers and because of this, each work is one of a kind. We work between rural areas of Uganda to the center of Kampala with highly skilled and talented women.
    *Not tested for outdoor use

    COMING SOON! For the FLOOR (or WALL)!

    Beautiful mat designs in 3" x 5" size are in the works.

    Here's a preview!

    Shadow Weave

    AVAILABLE IN PILLOWS AND TABLE RUNNERS

     

    Pillow sizes:

    Lumbar, 13.5" x 24" (pictured)

    European, 26" x 26"

    Square, 20" x 20"

     

    Table runners:

    16.5" x 60"

    16.5" x 70"

    Table runner edging available in either coral or gray backing dyed with De La Terre Organic dyes.

     

    Material: Hand dyed palm leaf and hand dyed linen

     

    Contact us for more information on how to order.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Zig Zag Weave

    AVAILABLE IN PILLOWS AND TABLE RUNNERS

     

    Pillow sizes:

    Lumbar, 13.5" x 24"

    European, 26" x 26"

    Square, 20" x 20" (pictured)

     

    Table runners:

    16.5" x 60"

    16.5" x 70"

    Table runner edging available in either coral or gray backing dyed with De La Terre Organic dyes.

     

    Material: Hand dyed palm leaf and natural linen

     

    Contact us for more information on how to order.

    Sekamu Weave

    AVAILABLE IN PILLOWS AND TABLE RUNNERS

     

    Pillow sizes:

    Lumbar, 13.5" x 24"

    European, 26" x 26"

    Square, 20" x 20" (pictured)

     

    Table runners:

    16.5" x 60"

    16.5" x 70"

    Table runner edging available in either coral or gray backing dyed with De La Terre Organic dyes.

     

    Material: Hand dyed palm leaf and natural linen

     

    Contact us for more information on how to order.

    Blue Bazor

    AVAILABLE IN PILLOWS

     

    Pillow sizes:

    Lumbar, 13.5" x 24"

    European, 26" x 26" (pictured)

    Square, 20" x 20"

     

    Material: Natural palm leaf , acrylic paint and marble dyed cotton

     

    Contact us for more information on how to order.

    COMING SOON! For the FLOOR!

    Beautiful mat designs in 3" x 5" size are in the works.

    Here's a preview!

    Arrow

    AVAILABLE IN PILLOWS

     

    Pillow sizes:

    Lumbar, 13.5" x 24"

    European, 26" x 26" (pictured)

    Square, 20" x 20"

     

    Material: Natural palm leaf , acrylic paint and natural dyed cotton

     

    Available in either coral or gray backing dyed with De La Terre Organic dyes.

     

    Contact us for more information on how to order.

  • Yardage

    Our wovens are entirely made by hand - from harvesting and drying the palm leaf to plaiting each individual strand into these beautiful works.

    Our yardage can be used for wall decorations, wall coverings, soft furnishings, home goods, and more. It is sewn easily with a heavy duty sewing machine.

    *Not tested for outdoor use.

    Biri Biri

    Material: Palm leaf

    Width: between 32" and 36"

    Color: Natural

    Minimum order: 2 yards

    Contact us for more information on samples and how to order.

    * Image represents approx. 13" x 19" section

     

     

    Jiri

    Material: Palm leaf

    Width: between 32" and 36"

    Color: Natural

    Minimum order: 2 yards

    Contact us for more information on samples and how to order.

    * Image represents approx. 10" x 15" section

     

     

    Wakiso weave

    Material: Palm leaf

    Width: between 32" and 36"

    Color: Natural

    Minimum order: 2 yards

    Contact us for more information on samples and how to order.

    * Image represents approx. 8" x 12" section

     

     

    Woven Biri

    Material: Palm leaf

    Width: made to order

    Color: Natural

    Minimum order: 2 square yards

    Contact us for more information on samples and how to order.

    * Image represents approx. 10" x 10" section

     

     

    Two Tone Selections

    Material: Palm leaf

    Width: 32" to 36"

    Color: Dyed chocolate brown and natural (not for use in direct sunlight)

    Minimum order: 5 square yards

    Contact us for more information on samples and how to order.

     

  • About

    Through working closely with textile producers in Uganda, Mekeka Designs offers a curated collection of textile products including plaited palm leaf, woven natural fibers, and bark cloth.

     

    If you are a designer and would love to source unique materials for your design ideas, please contact us. We would love to work with you!

     

    We offer project development services including partnerships with individuals and organizations to implement initiatives that support sustainable development goals in Uganda.

    Through key partners in Uganda, we focus on making a positive impact on cultural arts and the environment while creating needed economic opportunities for local artisans. 

     

    As a textile artist and consultant, Lesli Robertson launched Mekeka Designs in a effort to focus on the beauty and value of handcrafted textiles from Uganda. With a background in textile arts, international project development, and research, she spend numerous summers working in Uganda on promoting and preserving textile traditions with her Ugandan partners. She found a passion for these textiles, and now has launched Mekeka Designs. She and her partners in Uganda are excited to bring you uniquely handcrafted textiles for your home. Visit her site at www.leslirobertson.com.

     

    Thank you for your support!

     

    Lesli Robertson Studio, LLC

     

     

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